Research Internship: Bio-based plastics - a viable and sustainable solution? Rabobank

Imagine you can contribute to an even better Rabobank. A responsibility with real impact which you shape as an intern joining Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food&Agribusiness (‘RRFA’) department. RRFA is part of Rabobank’s division Banking For Food Inspiration Centre (’BFIC’) which is at the core of the bank’s strategy ‘Feeding the World Sustainably by 2050’. RRFA consists of about 90 analysts across the world that each are dedicated to one or more food and agribusiness sectors.
This internship is within RRFA is in the Supply Chains team that is responsible for all research related to (sustainable) food packaging and logistics trends worldwide.
If you are interested in topics such as sustainability, waste, recycling and food packaging, this might be the perfect internship for you. Globally, there is a growing pressure on retailers and brand owners to reduce the amount of plastic packaging put on the market and/or to find more sustainable solutions than are on the market today. Therefore the plastic packaging industry is nearing a stage of disruption in which innovation is absolutely key for survival. In addition to for example working on placing products on the market with a higher level of recycled (plastic) content, key stakeholders are also looking towards bio-based plastics as a potential sustainable option.
Create an impact

We are looking for an intern for a 3-4mth period who is interested in mapping the global bio-based plastic packaging sector, building on existing research.
A ‘mapping’ means producing an overview of key players globally (capacity, technology, stage of operation, investors, feedstock used etc.), key research institutes and technology developments, relevant legislation and other factors.
The aim of the research is to get a clear impression of the current opportunities and hurdles related to large commercial-scale deployment of bio-based plastics, and to help answer the question if this really is a future/current viable AND sustainable alternative to fossil-based plastics.
Expected output is in-depth databases (e.g. in excel) with key data, as well as power point slides with key findings (no written reports).

With your talents
If we ask your friends to describe you in a few key words, the answer should be: customer-oriented, self-motivated, pleasant to work with. 
In addition to those competencies, it is important for this specific role that you recognize the following as well:

You are intrinsically interested in this topic;
You are driven and enthusiastic, with strong research, excel, and research skills;
You should have a relevant academic background e.g. studying biology, sustainability, renewable energy, engineering or another relevant subject matter.

At Rabobank 
You probably knew already Rabobank is a financial services provider for 8.5 million customers in more than 40 countries. But did you know that we aim to contribute to real change with our “Growing a better world together” mission? We do this in countless and very diverse ways, including:  

We are an active partner in the ‘Champions 12.3 Coalition’ with multiple stakeholders from governments, NGOs, brand owners etc, aiming at halving global food waste by 2030;
We have set up the ‘Rabo Waste Hub’ in the Netherlands for local stakeholders, also with the aim of reducing food waste;
We have a ‘Circular Economy Challenge’ in the Netherlands to support and promote circular and sustainable solutions. 

Do you want this too? 
Do you want to become the ideal version of yourself? We would love to help you achieve this by focusing firmly on your growth, development, and investing in an environment where you keep learning every day. We give you the space to innovate and initiate. In this way, we offer you numerous opportunities to grow and help you exceed your expectations, to do the right thing exceptionally well, and to therefore grow as a professional. You can count on us  (based on a 36-hour work week) with:

A monthly internship allowance of EUR 400 (HBO student) EUR 500 (university student);
Personal mentorship;
A professional work and learning environment;
100% reimbursement of your commuting if you travel with public transport

Let's get acquainted. 
Are you him / her? Are you ready to join Rabobank and become an expert in bio-based plastics, and to make a difference for yourself, our customers and for the society? We would love to receive your application for this vacancy in Utrecht.
Good to know:

You can apply until 20 January 2019. Respond via the "Apply now" button (via the link below).
Starting date will be as soon as possible thereafter.
If you have questions about the content of the internship, you can contact Susan Hansen, Global Strategist F&A Supply Chains via 06 516 904 75.
Coen Hilvering, corporate recruiter happy to answer questions about the application procedure via 0651409621 or  
The application process includes screening. Based on the screening procedures in place at Rabobank, we assess whether new staff are reliable enough to work at Rabobank.
Everyone is different, and it is exactly those differences that help us become an even better bank. That's why we want to know who you really are!

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